04/18/14 9:03am

Bike lanes on Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia

City contractors were out painting new bike lanes/sharrows along Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle yesterday. The bike lanes/sharrows run from the Courthouse Square and Jamieson Avenue intersection down to the Jamieson Avenue and John Carlyle Street intersection.

While there are many bikers that traverse along Jamieson Avenue, and as someone who has lived in this area for more than a dozen years, I do have a concern about these lanes/sharrows and that is the Dulany Street and Jamieson Avenue intersection.

Residents of this area have asked the City of Alexandria for help all along the Jamieson Avenue corridor for years. These requests have fallen on deaf ears. We have asked for a traffic study, stop signs, speed bumps, help from Alexandria Police, etc to help slow down traffic along this corridor. The City installed paddle signs in a couple of crosswalks but, traffic has not slowed one bit and pedestrians in this area feel they are still taking a risk when crossing Jamieson.

Will the bike lanes/sharrows help curb the problem? So far, from what I have seen, the answer is no.

IMHO, a big problem will be the Dulany Street/Jamieson Avenue intersection. Many bikers currently ride on the sidewalk around this intersection especially during the AM/PM rush hour because traffic is so heavy along this route during rush hour. I spoke to two last night who said essentially the same thing. You see, cars routinely double up at this intersection, especially during rush hour, along Jamieson (see below photo for an example) and cars go around each other without looking.

I want to hear from bikers, pedestrians, residents, and concerned citizens. What are your thoughts on these new lanes/sharrows? Is this good for Carlyle?

Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria Virginia looking East

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If you have EVER thought about adopting a pet, just DO IT. My wife and I did several years ago, and it is one of the best decisions we ever made.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is a GREAT place to adopt a pet. You can follow AWLA on Instagram at this link, Facebook at this link, and on Twitter at this link.

Here’s a photo of our dear Bea waiting for the iPad so that she can play one of the cat games. I think it’s safe to say she’s an addict.

REMINDER: If you have a photo of your pet that you would like to share with our readers, consider emailing it to redbricktownblog@gmail.com.

Enjoy!

Pet Photo of the Day - Bea waiting for the iPad

04/17/14 6:58pm

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I am sending these out to ALL candidates (Democratic and Republican) running for Jim Moran’s seat in Congress in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. I will post responses if and when I receive them. What are your thoughts on the questions? What would you ask? Discuss below.

  1. Why are you the best person of all the candidates to represent the people of the 8th district of Virginia?
  2. Tell our readers a little about yourself. What other positions have you held?
  3. What issues are you going to stress or highlight as you campaign for this office?
  4. What specific issues would be a high priority for you if you were elected to Congress?
  5. As stated by many people running for office this year, “Education is the key to improving our economy.” That being said, what do you plan to propose and/or support in the areas of skill training, where most of the jobs in our state are and will be in the future?
  6. Do you believe that the oath that every Representative in Congress takes to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States means a Constitution as written or a Constitution as interpreted by the individual?
  7. A Congressional Budget Office report said that increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would raise wages for 16.5 million people and lift 900,000 people out of poverty. But it would come at the expense of 500,000 jobs and higher costs for business owners and consumers.
    Do you agree with that assessment? Should Congress go ahead and raise the minimum wage? Why is this good or bad policy?
  8. I want to know how you feel about raising taxes and how do you plan to keep government costs down so that taxes might not have to be raised?
  9. Social Security’s actuaries have stated that Social Security in its current form is unsustainable. What changes would you advocate to keep Social Security solvent?
  10. Many people worry that Washington is too partisan. Would you want to build bridges to the other party? And if so, how would you accomplish that goal?
04/17/14 4:44pm

2050 Jamieson venue in Alexandria, Virginia

This 2BR condominium is located at 2050 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia. I live in this area and I can it is very convenient and a great location.

Via the listing

Light filled unit with nice city views. One parking space included. Hardwood floors, granite, tile, SS appliances. Concierge desk open M-F 8AM to 8PM, Sat 8 AM – noon. Join the Weston gym for exercise and swim at $35.00 a month. King Street Metro 2-3 blocks away. Roof top terrace on the 13th floor. Gas stove for cooking. Urban living at it’s finest. Shows very well.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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